Blacksmith forges new career on North York Moors – The Yorkshire Post says

DAVID Stephenson is one of the country’s more unlikely blacksmiths. He was a well-respected primary school teacher, both here and overseas, before a moment of epiphany sparked a career change 20 years ago.

Blacksmith David Stephenson at work.

He’s not looked back. From his forge on the North York Moors, the breathtaking beauty of his work – including his trademark acanthus leaves to symbolise the National Park’s beauty – continues to fire the imagination.

And like so many of this county’s craftspeople, he, too, will be hoping that lockdown restrictions will soon be lifted so that they can exhibit their work and demonstrate their handiwork to new audiences.

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But one final point needs to be made. Without people like David, these specialist skills – whether it be blacksmiths or those glaziers helping to restore York Minster to its former glory – will disappear.

Blacksmith David Stephenson at work in his Smithy at Lockton on the North York Moors. Picture Bruce Rollinson

And counties like Yorkshire will also be lost without them.

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